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Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Baseball Scoops Jake Arrieta


Not really a “fun card” when you’re on the losing side, but Jake Arrieta was absolutely dominant last night as the Reds got beat down 16-0 in the pitcher’s second career no-hitter. The 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner is already making a case for himself this year, starting off 4-0 with a minuscule 0.87 ERA in 31 innings. TWJ contributor Patrick captured the 2016 highlight on a 1961-style card, and even though I’m a bigger Reds fan than Cubs fan, I do like Arrieta and hope he does well this year.

Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops Robert Stephenson


TWJ contributor Patrick sent this “fun card” over last week, but I was tied up with traveling and other projects. I appreciate Patrick’s efforts, and I apologize for being so late in posting.

Robert Stephenson was the Reds’ 1st round pick in 2011; I featured him on a 1992-style “Draft Pick” card way back then. In his four minor league seasons, Stephenson has compiled a 25-32 record with a 3.80 ERA, striking out 488 batters in 449 2/3 innings. He is back at Louisville now, but will likely be up and down for the Reds several times this year.

After sweeping the Phillies, the Reds won two against the Pirates in a three-game series. The last time the Reds started the season 5-1 was in 2011; they finished in 3rd place that year.

The team is traveling to Chicago tonight to face off against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, where Gary Cieradkowski’s fantastic work will be on display by the Cubs.

Fun Cards Submissions: 1961 Baseball Scoops Todd Frazier @FlavaFraz21

Frazier 487 b copy

What a display! Cincinnati Reds All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier flew several baseballs to the moon last night, besting Prince Fielder, Josh Donaldson, and Joc Pederson in the 2015 edition of the Home Run Derby.

Frazier 487 copy

We were on the edge of our seats watching the first two rounds, and listening to the final round in the car. I’m so happy for Frazier and for the Reds, showing the world that this city loves baseball.

TWJ contributor sent over these two cards in the early hours of the morning. He said he couldn’t decide which one he liked better, and neither can I, so you get them both!

Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Baseball Scoops Michael Lorenzen @Lorenzen55

Lorenzen 486

Reds rookie pitcher Michael Lorenzen stepped up yesterday, holding the Pittsburgh Pirates to only three hits over six innings, striking out four batters. It’s a nice rebound for the young pitcher, who was roughed up a little by the Brewers in his first start. Sure, they only scored three runs, but if the Brewers even score once, you should consider yourself roughed up.

TWJ contributor Patrick sent over this “fun card” in the style of the 1961 Baseball Scoops set to commemorate Lorenzen’s first victory.

Fun Cards Submissions: 1976 Topps Mat Latos, Alfredo Simon, and 1961 Baseball Scoops new Reds

Mat Latos traded to the Marlins

Alfredo Simon traded to the Tigers

minor league acquisitions

Thursday was an active day in baseball with several high-profile players changing teams, including Matt Kemp and Yoenis Cespedes. Unfortunately, the Cincinnati Reds did not land either of those sluggers to fill the emptiness that is left field. Despite failing to address the biggest need on the team, Walt Jocketty traded starting pitchers Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, picking up four youngsters from the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers in exchange.

Eugenio Suarez, Jonathon Crawford, Anthony DeSclafani, Chad Wallach are the newest members of the Reds organization. Crawford was Detroit’s first-round draft pick in 2013 and posted a 2.85 ERA in 23 starts for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2014. Wallach has baseball in his blood; his father is Tim Wallach, the five-time All-Star third baseman.

Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for whipping up these awesome customs. Hopefully the Reds continue to wheel and deal without “going all in” by sending Johnny Cueto packing.

Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Nu-Card Basketball Scoops Lauren Hill

1961 Nu-Card Basketball Scoops Lauren Hill

Another great submission from TWJ contributor Patrick, starring Mount St. Joseph basketball player Lauren Hill.

Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops Johnny Cueto

Johnny Cueto wins 20 games Cincinnati Reds 2014

The ace of the Reds staff, Johnny Cueto won his 20th game of the season yesterday, finishing with a spectacular 2.25 ERA. He is the first 20-game winner for Cincinnati since 1988, when Danny Jackson went 23-8 with a 2.73 ERA.

Another great “fun cards” submission from TWJ contributor Patrick.

Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops Derek Jeter

Jeter Baseball Scoops

It was a fairy tale ending for Derek Jeter at Yankee Stadium as he drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. TWJ contributor Patrick commemorated the event with one of his fantastic Nu-Card Baseball Scoops “fun cards.” Jeter was a class act, and even though I have never been a Yankees fan, I’ve always been a Jeter fan.

Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton Reds rookie record for stolen bases

Pete Rose‘s appearance in the tri-state area was not the only noteworthy thing that happened Tuesday night. Billy Hamilton ran his way into the Reds record books, breaking the team’s record for stolen bases by a rookie with his 55th swipe of the season. TWJ contributor Patrick chose to use the 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops design for this card; this is the same design Patrick used to commemorate Hamilton’s first major league steal last September.

Fun Cards Submission: 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops Billy Hamilton

Baseball Scoops Hamilton

Maybe I should have posted this one first, since he stole the base before he scored…oh well. In the style of the 1961 Nu-Card Baseball Scoops set, here’s Billy Hamilton‘s first major league stolen base!

Thanks to TWJ contributor Patrick for this beauty!

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